Vogelzang Sentry Help

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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Mark (PA)
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Stove/Furnace Make: 1953 EFM SF-520 High Boy
Stove/Furnace Model: Fitzgibbon Boiler
Location: South Central, PA

Post Wed. Oct. 22, 2008 11:10 am

Hello all, A friend of mine purchased a vogelzang Sentry for his home and he is having some issues.

Basically he thinks the stove gets too hot and the electronic draft shuts it down, his fire goes out. He said it seems to last about 3 hours. he gets it going good and then by the time he comes back its done and out.

Some background. he put up a new stainless 6" flue. He's not new to coal but hasn't used it in 20 years or more and he is getting frustrated.

he does not have a baro damper on it. I am going to take my manometer over to measure draft. I suppose it could be that?

He said he gets a nice fire going in it for a few hours but that is all.
He said he has to leave the ash door open for it to work well. but that he doesn't want to do that.
He is burning Nut coal in it.
I have never used a hand fired but have read where you have to load them up with a good bit of coal to get them going well.

Anyone have any tips or suggestions I can offer him.

what should draft be on this type of stove? .04 in flue and .02 over fire?

Thanks!

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LsFarm
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Post Wed. Oct. 22, 2008 11:51 am

The Draft for a handfired should be around .05"-.07"
It sounds like he has plenty of draft when the fire is hot, but once the temps drop off, his draft drops, this reduces the air through the fire, further reducing it's temperature,, and soon the fire dies..

If his house is really tight, the chimney will have difficulty pulling a draft from the sealed house.. He may need to provide a dedicated outside air source to the stove area..

The manometer will tell the tale...

Greg L

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Freddy
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Wed. Oct. 22, 2008 12:52 pm

Is he burning anthracite or bituminous? I've read of several people that bought Vogelzang only to discover that most of them are not made to burn anthracite.
Orrington, Maine
Fred

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Mark (PA)
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Joined: Thu. Feb. 28, 2008 9:40 am
Stove/Furnace Make: 1953 EFM SF-520 High Boy
Stove/Furnace Model: Fitzgibbon Boiler
Location: South Central, PA

Post Wed. Oct. 22, 2008 12:55 pm

Anthracite but the manual for his stoves specifically states that it will burn it. now in the real world!!!!......

nut coal

thanks.

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Freddy
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined
Location: Orrington, Maine

Post Wed. Oct. 22, 2008 2:33 pm

Mark (PA) wrote:the manual for his stoves specifically states that it will burn it.


Well, that's good news!
Orrington, Maine
Fred

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